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Old December 14th, 2007, 04:00 PM
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Okay so I have four credit cards with Capital One. Good news is now you can link multiple accounts to one log on password and take care of four accounts as well as bill payments to various other places such as Verizon...

Bad news is the linked accounts cannot be accessed because of a "Glitch" as the representative from their call center in the Phillipines told me. Well this glitch has caused me to accumulate late fees.

So after an hour on the phone and being transferred around the northern hemisphere I finally get to a customer service rep in good old Texas. Let's see Phillipines, Canada, then to Texas.

I use my assertive tone and my late fees are now waived but it took an hour of my time and listening to drawn out moments on hold listening to cheesy on-hold music.

If Capital One is experiencing website issues they should notify cardholders and take care of the issue instead of making us assume late charges. At least they could have put some kind of message at the start of their customer service toll free number automated system.
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If Capital One is experiencing website issues they should notify cardholders and take care of the issue instead of making us assume late charges. At least they could have put some kind of message at the start of their customer service toll free number automated system.
Based solely on the plethora of junk mail Capital One sends out I wouldn't do business with them if they were the last financial institution on earth. They have a decent money market account rate thru Costco. At least they did a few months ago...haven't checked it since. I'm a tried and true Costco fan but, still, I won't go near anything with Capital One's name on it. I'm one of those idiots who spends time returning C.O.'s prepaid envelopes to them so that have to spring for the fees!
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Based solely on the plethora of junk mail Capital One sends out I wouldn't do business with them if they were the last financial institution on earth. They have a decent money market account rate thru Costco. At least they did a few months ago...haven't checked it since. I'm a tried and true Costco fan but, still, I won't go near anything with Capital One's name on it. I'm one of those idiots who spends time returning C.O.'s prepaid envelopes to them so that have to spring for the fees!
Yep I'm slowly dissolving my relationship with this company. But they were there when I wasn't financially hip enough for First Hawaiian Bank's credit card years ago.

Funny when your credit scores are low, nobody wants to help a poor guy out, but when you suddenly buy a house for cash! OMG now every lender wants to be your friend. Oh yeah FHB and BoH, I was a steady customer feeding everything from paper route monies to military paychecks and right up to GASCO paychecks. But I slipped once and neither of our top two local banks cared to say yes. I guess they got too big for little old me.

So I'm happy with American Savings Bank where I put my money and investments in now. This past March of 2007 I put in $3,000 into an offshore investment thru American Funds (facilitated thru ASB). This past week I liquidated that investment for some holiday spending money. I got a check for $4,127. Not a bad return on an 8-1/2 month investment.
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Yep I'm slowly dissolving my relationship with this company. But they were there when I wasn't financially hip enough for First Hawaiian Bank's credit card years ago.
FHB is one of two cards I've canceled in my life. Most of it was the billing cycle was bad for me. They never did give me much credit. I think it was only $300 while other cards were giving me more like $3,000. But it was hitting me with a late fee for two months because I missed one was the kicker. I still have my checking and savings there, just not any credit cards.
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Old December 23rd, 2007, 09:46 PM
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D@mn pot holes...grrrrrrrr
So, I'm heading out to meet up with Creative-1 and his lovely wife when, less than a block from home, I think I "hear" sumthin'. Hmmm. The next block I think I "feel" sumthin'. Double Hmmm. I make a left from Ena Rd. onto Kalakaua and test my "funky feeling" by oh so briefly taking my hands off the steering wheel. Yikes, an immediate pull to the right. I pull into the Hard Rock Cafe's parking lot and confirm my suspicion...a flat tire! AAA eventually arrived and helped this damsel in distress! Then I was off to Lex Brodie to find out why this 6 month old tire gave up on me.

A test showed it wasn't the tire. It was the rim...one of 4 VERY expensive rims that were already on the car when I bought it. The rim was a pot hole victim and it needs to be replaced.

So now I need to either find and buy another rim (a waste of money on a 12 year old car plus I'm not willing to spend that kind of money on one rim!) or try to find 4 matching stock rims...hopefully used! Going with the latter, I'll need to buy 4 new tires as my current rims use "low rider" tires, or something like that. Can't remember exactly what they're called. Regardless, the rims and the tires are what give my car it's cool factor!

No matter what...I'm gonna be spending buckaroonies on something I really dislike spending money on...my car! And I need to do it as soon as I can as I'm now driving without a spare. And, I had to cancel meeting up with Mr. and Mrs. Creative-1. Grrrrr...

Bummers...all the way around.
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We bought four new tires last week.

Very reasonable.

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D@mn pot holes...grrrrrrrr
Are you able to identify the pothole that did it? I've seen some nasty ones lately. I dodge one the other day that I think would have about riped my wheel off - it looked deep!

If you can ID the pot hole, you might get something from the government as they are responsible for keeping roads in reasonable repair.
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Are you able to identify the pothole that did it? I've seen some nasty ones lately. I dodge one the other day that I think would have about riped my wheel off - it looked deep!

If you can ID the pot hole, you might get something from the government as they are responsible for keeping roads in reasonable repair.
Nope...can't ID which one. There are so many more now and, as you've noted, some really nasty ones. The storm earlier this month seems to have enlarged many of the smaller pot holes. I find myself compromising my driving as I try to dodge the mini sink holes. I hit several of them the 2 days previous to my flat tire and remember thinking that there was no way my car could escape any of them unscathed. I dread driving now because of this 3rd world roads situation. It's gone beyond annoying to dangerous.

Lex Brodies mentioned that it would help my car if I changed from the current "low rider" tires to regular tires as the latter will absorb more shock.
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I'm peeved today about TutuSue TEASING US by making us wait for the annual Christmas Avatar contest voting results. Boooo! lol
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I had to go pick up a package at the UPS Store in Kaneohe this morning, in the little shopping center next to the fire station. Unfortunately, it's the same shopping center where there's a Times market, and about 15 striking picketers were blocking the driveway into the center, slo-o-o-owly ambling back and forth, with an HPD cop keeping an eye on things. They blocked me for at least three minutes, as traffic on Kam Highway backed up behind me. I called out that I was going to the UPS Store and not to Times, but it made no difference to them. They intentionally stayed in the way of my car, walking at a speed of about 2 inches per hour, it seemed. Pi**ed me off.
I pulled into a spot at the UPS Store, which is right next to the driveway with the picketers. Went inside, took care of business, came back out to the car and tried to leave... and the same damned picketers blocked me AGAIN for several minutes, even though they saw where I went!!! Pi**ed me off BIG TIME.
And now, after that, I couldn't care less why the picketers are striking! Their rude and arrogant attitude has put me firmly on the side of Times management and against the workers.
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Nope...can't ID which one. There are so many more now and, as you've noted, some really nasty ones. The storm earlier this month seems to have enlarged many of the smaller pot holes. I find myself compromising my driving as I try to dodge the mini sink holes. I hit several of them the 2 days previous to my flat tire and remember thinking that there was no way my car could escape any of them unscathed. I dread driving now because of this 3rd world roads situation. It's gone beyond annoying to dangerous.

Lex Brodies mentioned that it would help my car if I changed from the current "low rider" tires to regular tires as the latter will absorb more shock.

One year while driving to work on Kapiolani BLVD I hit one of those steel plates that had bowed up with my car's tires. One of the front tires popped and couldn't be patched. The contractor working that area was HC&D so I called them. As soon as I told them what happened, I was transferred to another department where a woman took my name and information regarding the location of the incident. I was told to get the tire replaced and they would reimburse me by sending a claim to their company.

I did and promptly got a check in the mail within a couple of weeks. They handled it as if they dealt with this kind of issue many times.

If it's a pothole on city streets call the office of Information and Complaint to get to the department that can help you get reimbursed for any damage to your car.
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D@mn pot holes...grrrrrrrr
So, I'm heading out to meet up with Creative-1 and his lovely wife when, less than a block from home, I think I "hear" sumthin'. Hmmm. The next block I think I "feel" sumthin'. Double Hmmm. I make a left from Ena Rd. onto Kalakaua and test my "funky feeling" by oh so briefly taking my hands off the steering wheel. Yikes, an immediate pull to the right. I pull into the Hard Rock Cafe's parking lot and confirm my suspicion...a flat tire! AAA eventually arrived and helped this damsel in distress! Then I was off to Lex Brodie to find out why this 6 month old tire gave up on me.

A test showed it wasn't the tire. It was the rim...one of 4 VERY expensive rims that were already on the car when I bought it. The rim was a pot hole victim and it needs to be replaced.

So now I need to either find and buy another rim (a waste of money on a 12 year old car plus I'm not willing to spend that kind of money on one rim!) or try to find 4 matching stock rims...hopefully used! Going with the latter, I'll need to buy 4 new tires as my current rims use "low rider" tires, or something like that. Can't remember exactly what they're called. Regardless, the rims and the tires are what give my car it's cool factor!

No matter what...I'm gonna be spending buckaroonies on something I really dislike spending money on...my car! And I need to do it as soon as I can as I'm now driving without a spare. And, I had to cancel meeting up with Mr. and Mrs. Creative-1. Grrrrr...

Bummers...all the way around.
A little late maybe, but...... for the future....... I always keep a can of fix-a-flat in my car. I am forever driving on almost bald tires (how does that happen?) Fix-a-flat has saved my butt on more than one occasion.
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[...]If it's a pothole on city streets call the office of Information and Complaint to get to the department that can help you get reimbursed for any damage to your car.
The problem for so many of us is we don't know which pothole did the damage. It's possible it's a compounding effect as the current pothole situation is deplorable.
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A little late maybe, but...... for the future....... I always keep a can of fix-a-flat in my car. I am forever driving on almost bald tires (how does that happen?) Fix-a-flat has saved my butt on more than one occasion.
These products are great and have helped in other situations but wouldn't have helped this time as the problem was a severely bent rim, not a punctured tire. The damage to the rim allowed air to escape from the tire.

My mechanic said he might have some used rims.
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A little late maybe, but...... for the future....... I always keep a can of fix-a-flat in my car. I am forever driving on almost bald tires (how does that happen?) Fix-a-flat has saved my butt on more than one occasion.
But be sure to tell the tire shop about it when they go to work on that wheel. In come cases it can present a danger to them.
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And now, after that, I couldn't care less why the picketers are striking! Their rude and arrogant attitude has put me firmly on the side of Times management and against the workers.
You might want to write to "Letter to the Editor" in the daily papers where it will be seen by a larger audience. As well as writing to UPS so they can show the union it's damaging their business.
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You might want to write to "Letter to the Editor" in the daily papers where it will be seen by a larger audience.
Funny yu should mention that, as there was a letter in today's Advertiser, as follows:
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TIMES SUPERMARKET STRIKE MAKING IT HARD FOR AREA BUSINESSES

What are they thinking? What the union currently on strike at Times Market hopes to achieve by blocking off entire shopping center parking lots is beyond me.
They certainly have the right to strike, but they can't have the right to make it difficult for customers and businesses other than Times to do business, can they?
Makes no sense to me, and I have no empathy for this group.

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As many HT'ers know, I'm not Neal Ikeda, but I surely do agree with him. Maybe he lurks here on HT and read my post yesterday.
I do wish he'd also have pointed out that a cop was standing right there and did absolutely nothing about the strikers impeding traffic.
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Funny yu should mention that, as there was a letter in today's Advertiser, as follows:


As many HT'ers know, I'm not Neal Ikeda, but I surely do agree with him. Maybe he lurks here on HT and read my post yesterday.
I do wish he'd also have pointed out that a cop was standing right there and did absolutely nothing about the strikers impeding traffic.
I'm so annoyed at the strikers that I actually have sympathy for the driver who "nudged" one at the Waimalu/Pearl City Times last week. We go to that shopping center for the vet, the noodle shop and the supermarket. They do that same old draggin' their sorry a**es and blocking access while giving drivers stink eye. There are three ingress/egress to the shopping center (the one at the makai end isn't anywhere near the supermarket, but they block it as well) - I hope Times hires a whole bunch of new folks. I'm going to go out of my way to support Times and it's because of the way the strikers are behaving. And, what is up with HPD? Are they there just to make sure we don't run the picket-carriers over, or are they actually supposed to be helping manage the traffic?
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[...]I do wish he'd also have pointed out that a cop was standing right there and did absolutely nothing about the strikers impeding traffic.
Well then...how 'bout you pointing that out by doing a follow up to that letter?
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Well then...how 'bout you pointing that out by doing a follow up to that letter?
Or how about GlossyP doing that?
(And I'm not sure what your meant.)
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Or how about GlossyP doing that?
(And I'm not sure what your meant.)
How about both of you submitting letters?! More impact that way. Oh, and nothing untoward or negative meant by the , other than a lighthearted wink!
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Oh, and nothing untoward or negative meant by the , other than a lighthearted wink!
That's what I figured, but wanted to make sure I didn't miss something that sailed right over my head.
Thanks for the clarification.
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I'm so annoyed at the strikers that I actually have sympathy for the driver who "nudged" one at the Waimalu/Pearl City Times last week. We go to that shopping center for the vet, the noodle shop and the supermarket. They do that same old draggin' their sorry a**es and blocking access while giving drivers stink eye. There are three ingress/egress to the shopping center (the one at the makai end isn't anywhere near the supermarket, but they block it as well) - I hope Times hires a whole bunch of new folks. I'm going to go out of my way to support Times and it's because of the way the strikers are behaving. And, what is up with HPD? Are they there just to make sure we don't run the picket-carriers over, or are they actually supposed to be helping manage the traffic?
I support the strikers only because of the issues involved. As for the picketing, once a vehicle approaches the picketers have two or three minutes to make way for the vehicle to enter the property, it is HPD's responsibilty to enforce this otherwise the picketers will continue walking. I know this because I was involved with two strikes while I was employed. Any strike is a losing propostion, but sometimes you gotta do what you gotts do. My sympathy goes out to all involved.
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As for the picketing, once a vehicle approaches the picketers have two or three minutes to make way for the vehicle to enter the property, it is HPD's responsibilty to enforce thisotherwise the picketers will continue walking. I know this because I was involved with two strikes while I was employed.
Are you saying there's some kind of law that says picketers can block traffic for 2 or 3 minutes? I assume that's what you mean, since you say HPD is "responsible" to "enforce" that, and the only thing a cop can "enforce" is a law.
Can you please provide a link to that law? I'm really curious about this. Thanks!
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